Volunteer Opportunities

Who are the Goodhue County Historical Society Volunteers?
There are no “typical” volunteers. They are men and women of all ages and from all walks of life, who volunteer for a variety of reasons – to learn, to make new friends, to share their love of history, or just to devote time to a good cause.  But one thing is constant – a desire to preserve and interpret Goodhue County history, so that future generations can better understand their past and present.

Here are just a few of the ways that you can spend your time volunteering at GCHS:

Tour Guide
Share your love and knowledge of Goodhue County history with students and adult visitors. If you have an interest in history, can tell a good story, are willing to walk and stand for a 60 or 90 minute tour, and have lots of enthusiasm, we’d love to utilize your talents! Tour guides not only lead students throughout the museum, but help out with hands-on programs, and work with our Teaching Collection artifacts as well. If you love working with kids and telling stories about history, this position is perfect for you. Tour guides work on an on-call basis mostly during the Spring and Summer months. Training provided. Call James Clinton for more information at 651-388-6024.

Library Assistants
Lend your help to visitors in the library on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 1-5. Help the past come alive for the many individuals who are discovering their roots, or who are uncovering Goodhue County’s past. Volunteers conduct research and assist the public with genealogy and local history research. Orientation and training in the library resources is provided.

Oral History Interviewers and Transcribers
Meet with interesting people who have a special knowledge of county history and assist them in telling their stories on audio or video tape. Volunteers conduct interviews and/or transcribe tapes in order to provide a written record. Listening, writing, and verbal skills are needed. Hours are flexible.

Resource Speakers
Communicate and preserve county history by passing on stories and historical information to county groups and organizations, using personal stories or resources of the Society. Good verbal and communication skills are needed. Teachers, nursing homes, clubs and organizations contact us for speakers to attend classes or meetings. Times vary.

Special Program & Event Volunteers
Help out with the many events offered by GCHS including our monthly Free Family Fun Day program, and assist the Historical Society’s outreach efforts. Staff informational and activity booths at the Goodhue County Fair, River City Days in Red Wing, First Thursday Fun Fest in Cannon Falls, and many more. We always need volunteers to assist around the Society as well:  preparing mailings, baking cookies, decorating the museum and more. If you enjoy talking to others about local history and love working to improve your community, this position is right for you. Times vary, volunteers will be contacted and scheduled as needed.